Feds Accept OpenID

Kara Reeder

According to ZDNet, users soon will be able to use their Yahoo, PayPal and Google IDs to sign into government sites. The idea is that the use of OpenID will allow individuals to interact more with sites without revealing personally identifiable information because they won't have to create a new account.


So far, only the Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services will be accepting OpenID credentials, notes Wired. But it is hoped that the official announcement will generate a domino effect.


Ten companies are participating in the pilot program: Google, Yahoo, PayPal, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, CitiGroup, Privo, Equifax and Wave Systems. Users must use credentials from these providers.

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